Pet peeves. We all have them and no matter how insignificant they may seem to other people, pet peeves drive us as individuals crazy. For book lovers, our bookish pet peeves can be some of our worst. I am a pretty high-strung person in general, so it’s not surprising that I have several pet peeves when it comes to my books and reading life. I’m sure most of you have heard at least some if not all of these annoyances as they are pretty common within the reader community, so I hope you can relate to my bookish pet peeves!
THINGS OTHER READERS DO THAT ANNOY ME:
1. DAMAGING BORROWED BOOKS
I know this irritates a lot of readers. We lend out our precious books to a friend or family member we believe we can trust and then it’s returned in less than stellar condition. Broken bindings, bent back covers, dog-earred and (gasp) torn pages. Book damage is one of a reader’s worst nightmares. Now, I’ve been known to damage my own books (accidentally of course), but if I lend a book out to someone, and they return it damaged because of carelessness…I can’t even. If you borrow someone else’s property, treat it with respect. It’s common courtesy. When I borrow books, I treat them like a priceless treasure, because I know how upsetting it is to have a damaged book returned to you. If you damage my book simply because you don’t care about it’s condition, you will never borrow another. I’m not completely unreasonable. Obviously, this doesn’t apply to genuine accidents, but avoidable damage done by carless handling is something I cannot handle. Just be nice to my stuff. Please.
2. INTENTIONAL SPOILING
Why would you do this? Why? This is the epitome of rude, especially if the individual being spoiled really cares about the book (or show/movie) in question. I’ve had people intentionally spoil me for things because they think it’s funny when I get angry. It’s not funny; it’s rude and disrespectful to completely disregard someone’s feelings like that. While you may not care very much about a story, I am probably emotionally invested and it’s so not cool to utterly devastate my feelings by ruining the ending for me. If I’m going to be emotionally destroyed, let the characters do it. Geez. Accidental spoilers suck, but must be forgiven. Intentional spoilers are evil and if someone spoils you on purpose I give you permission to seek revenge by spoiling something they love.
3. SHAMING OTHER READERS
No one should ever make anyone feel guilty or inferior about what they like to read. Reading is about enjoyment and whether you enjoy hardcore erotica or children’s books, you are a valid reader. If you were the only person to enjoy a certain genre, it wouldn’t exist as a genre. If you’re that person who looks down on the girl reading 50 Shades of Grey, maybe you should take a step back and think how sucky it would be if someone made you feel inferior for enjoying something that you love. Don’t shame each other. Have good discussion about what you do/don’t like. Remember, if someone is reading something you don’t like, it’s not hurting you. Let them to them and you do you.
4. “AUDIOBOOKS DON’T COUNT AS READING”
Yes. They. Do. Why wouldn’t they? Now, I know someone’s going to be thinking, “well, technically it’s not reading, it’s listening,” and that statement is correct. However, invalidating someone’s reading experience because of the medium they choose/have to use is very ableist and wrong. That small technicality seems to make some believe that people who primarily listen to audiobooks can’t be real book lovers. Listeners and physical readers are consuming the same story. Why does it matter how the words are absorbed? Instead of bickering over meaningless differences, let’s all just gush over mutually enjoyed stories. Then everyone wins.
5. BASHING YA
Young Adult books have a bad reputation in some circles. I think most of this stems from the fact that for some people “young” equates to “stupid.” I am beyond tired of hearing that young adult books are not good enough for adults to read. I am an adult woman, but I still primarily read YA. Don’t let the idea of a young protagonist prevent you from enjoying a story. This goes for middle-aged as well. I didn’t read Percy Jackson and the Olympians until I was 22 years old and it is now one of my all time favorites. YA books can be just as (sometimes more) impactful as adult books. It is extremely important for teens and young adults to feel represented and understood. Speaking from personal experience, sometimes the only place teens feel accepted is between the pages of a book. My favorite characters have been my best friends and have helped me through countless tough times. I will forever and always read YA.
I hope you guys enjoyed reading about some of my bookish pet peeves. If you guys agree or disagree with me or have some of your own irritants to discuss, leave me a comment! I’d love to talk. I’ll see you guys in the next one!